Regional partnerships

Eastern Africa Hub

The Eastern Africa Hub of the Centre aims to bring together colleagues who are conducting research on any aspect of NCD in Eastern Africa. Membership in the Hub provides opportunities for sharing of experiences and collaboration, continued training on issues related to NCD research in the region, and strengthened linkages with the Centre for Global Chronic Conditions at LSHTM. The Eastern Africa Hub also actively collaborates with other Centre Hubs in Western Africa and South Asia.

The Eastern Africa Hub is based in Lilongwe, Malawi, with affiliates in Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania, Zimbabwe and other countries in the region.

Research projects in the Eastern Africa Hub include the following topics:

  • Epidemiology of hypertension and diabetes in Malawi
  • Economic burden of cardiovascular disease in Tanzania and Zimbabwe
  • Evaluation of a novel diabetes treatment model in a humanitarian setting in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • The link between HIV and NCDs in Malawi

For more information on joining the Eastern Africa Hub please email

Studies across Malawi:

  • Detailed characterisation of the population
  • State-of-the art technology
  • What is the burden and drivers of hypertension and diabetes in rural and urban areas?
  • Do early nutritional insults increase later risk of NCDs
  • What is the link between HIV and NCDs
  • How much does genetics contribute to the risk of diabetes/hypertension or their complications?
  • How should we intervene?


Prof. Moffat Nyirenda (Eastern Africa Hub Leader)

Professor Nyirenda is a  member of the Working Group on the inclusion of NCDs in other programmatic areas, as part of WHO global coordination mechanism on the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases (WHO GCM/NCD).

Dr. Adrianna Murphy  (Eastern Africa Regional Hub Coordinator)

Dr. Murphy is a Lecturer and Wellcome Trust Research Fellow, whose research focuses on the economic burden of NCDs on patient households. She is currently based in Rwanda.

Sandra Dixon  (Student Liaison for East Africa Hub)

Sandra is a Public Health MSc student in LSHTM. She is interested in the relationship between environmental health and NCDs and NCD risk factors, especially obesity.


South Asia Hub – India

The South Asia Regional Hub is based at the new Centre for Control of Chronic Conditions (CCCC) recently launched in New Delhi, India. This centre an international partnership between four institutions: the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (New Delhi), Emory University, the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and the Public Health Foundation of India.

The Centre’s vision is to generate world class knowledge which can impact policy and practice aimed at reducing the burden of chronic conditions worldwide. The CCCC aims to carry out cutting edge science to understand the dynamics, determinants and dimensions of chronic conditions with an innovative and integrated approach, and to develop, evaluate and help scale up evidence-based solutions. The CCCC has already pioneered a number of such integrative studies, from urban and rural cohorts evaluating innovative models of care.


Prof. Dorairaj Prabhakaran (South Asia Hub Leader)

Ajay Vamadevan (South Asia Regional Hub Coordinator)

Dr Maria Koreny – MSc in Global Health Policy (Student Liaison for South Asia Hub)


Western Africa Hub – Ghana

Community-based Hypertension Programme (Com-HIP)

A community based-program to improve management of HTN.

Main programme components:

  • Public and private sectors
  • Task shifting
  • Innovative technology solutions
  • Empowering patients

Time period: 2015-2017 – Control district

Funder/Technical Partner:Novartis Foundation

Implementing Partners: Ghana Health ServiceFHI 360, Voto

Evaluation Partners: LSHTM and School of Public Health, University of Ghana


Prof. Peter Lamptey (Western Africa Hub Leader)

Amos Laar (Western Africa Regional Hub Coordinator)

Dr Adrian Rabe – MSc Health Policy, Planning & Financing (student liaison for West Africa Hub)


European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies

The Centre is also a WHO Collaborating Centre and hosts the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies. Our work supports and promotes evidence-based health policy-making through comprehensive and rigorous analysis of the dynamics of health care systems in Europe.